Few days back, I shared best Social media sharing plugins for WordPress, and most of these plugins are optimised for web-version of your blog. You must be aware of the fact that mobile usage is increasing every day and it’s important for you to optimise your mobile version of site for sharing and conversions. When it comes to mobile Apps, Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging app in today’s date and I’m sure you must be having it right now on your phone. Have you ever thought of adding Whatsapp sharing button on your blog? Imagine what kind of immense traffic it can bring to your site as it will make sharing so easier. Your readers read an article and if they find it interesting they can quickly forward it to their friends/team view Whatsapp.
Before I share the way to add Whatsapp button on your WordPress blog, let me quickly share some interesting stats with you.
Popular Website Buzzfeed added WhatsApp button sometime back and now Whatsapp button is generating more share than Twitter share button. In a conversation with Re-code, Buzzfeed President Jon Steinberg added “Every time we looked at WhatsApp’s numbers, it blew us away“.
After all it makes complete sense as What’sapp sharing button on mobile phone works like “Email to friend” option and the difference is that it’s faster and happens in real-time. Undoubtedly it has power to make anything go viral too. Now instead of getting more into data and stats, lets look at the way by which you can add Whatsapp social sharing button on your blog. For this we will be using a WordPress plugin call Mobile share bar which lets add Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter sharing button on mobile site. What’s great about this plugin is; it shows whatsapp button only on iOS device, since Whatsapp sharing is currently supported for iOS only.
Using Mobile share bar WordPress plugin to add Whatsapp button-
Here is a step by step guide for you to use this plugin. For non-WordPress users, I have also listed down another method at the bottom to use with your website.
- Download and install Mobile share bar plugin and it’s free. < Official Link>
- After activating the plugin, go to Settings > Mobile share bar and configure the option. Everything is straight forward and you will have no problem configuring it.
You also have an option to add your Bit.ly credentials to shorten URL. I have already configured a branded URL on Bit.ly and if you want to do that, you should refer to this guide. (This is optional). Select the places where you want to show the share button on your blog. I have selected Homepage, Posts, Pages to show Whatsapp and Facebook button. Select the position of share button for your mobile site.
Click on save changes and clear your WordPress cache. It’s time to verify if it’s working or not, so open your iPhone and type your website address to see if it’s working or not. If you don’t have an iPhone,
well you don’t have an iPhone, ask any of your friend to test your WordPress blog on iPhone and confirm it for you. Here is a screenshot of how it looks for ShoutMeLoud:
There are few more plugins that have added Whatsapp button feature and here are the list:
If you know of more plugins which now supports Whatsapp sharing button, you can let me know via comments. For now mobile share bar WordPress plugin seems to be the best option for any WordPress blogger to add social sharing button on mobile version of WordPress.
For non WordPress website:
For any other platform you can use this Whatsapp sharing button generator tool to generate code and add it on your blog. If you are a BlogSpot coder, I would love to see a contribution from you and share an easy way to implement solution with other Shouters.
The only limitation of this button right now is, it works with iOS platform only and I’m hoping to see Android support too in the near future. Overall, After Pocket button, this is the second new sharing button I’m trying here at ShoutMeLoud, and I will share my learning soon. I will look forward to your experience and traffic details after integrating Whatsapp sharing button on your blog.